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COVID-19 Community Response Fund surpasses $2 Million

The San Diego Foundation announced today that the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has raised $2.3 million in donations as more partners join in support, including NEWS 8 and Alliance Healthcare Foundation. 

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, created in collaboration with a coalition of philanthropy, government and business partners, will rapidly deploy flexible resources to support programs and organizations addressing the effects of the coronavirus outbreak across San Diego County, particularly for communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

 “Now, more than ever, it’s important we come together as one community to help each other,” said Mark Stuart, president & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The outpouring of support we are receiving from partners and donors, large and small, is a positive sign of hope. Every donation is being used to support nonprofit organizations providing vital services and resources to San Diegans most impacted by the coronavirus.”

Individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at

As the official media partner for the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, NEWS 8 will share important information about the fund and its impact. NEWS 8 parent company, TENGA Foundation, also donated $30,000 to the fund to support San Diegans in need.

Grant funding will focus on three critical areas: food security; rental and utility assistance; and income replacement or gap funding. A new category of assistance has also been added: no-interest loans for nonprofit organizations to provide business and community service continuity.

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation was created in partnership with San Diego County Supervisor and Co-Chairman of the COVID-19 Subcommittee Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric, United Way of San Diego County and San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council. 

One hundred percent of donations to the San Diego COVID-19 Response Fund will be provided to nonprofits helping San Diegans impacted by the coronavirus. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the coronavirus outbreak and its recovery phases.

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